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Friday Evening - April 27, 2018

  • Workshops
  • First Timers DTM  Meet & Greet 
  • Keynote or Workshop
  • Banner Parade
  • Opening Ceremonies
  • DTM Recognition Dinner
  • Evaluation Contest

Saturday - April 28, 2018

  • Breakfast Buffet 
  • Workshops
  • C & L Luncheon
  • District Keynote 
  • Members Making A Difference
    (MMAD) Award
  • Business Meeting 
  • District Elections
  • Directors Ball

Sunday - April 29, 2018

  • Breakfast Buffet 
  • International Speech Contest
  • Champion Luncheon and Awards
  • Douglas Barclay Award
  • Conference Keynote

Spring Conference Promo 2018 - Watch The Video!


Learn new ideas, strategies, and techniques to help your clubs, areas, and divisions succeed.
Connect face to face and network with like-minded Toastmasters from across Ontario
Be Inspired by Distinguished Toastmasters and District Award Winners who are recognized for achieving their goals
Make New Friends by coming home for a TM Conference - a bi-annual gathering of new & old friends
Re-Energize your passion and regain your focus for your own Toastmasters journey

Spring Conference 2018 - Pathways To Excellence

Al Louisa Steele22018 Spring Conference Chairs

Al Steele, DTM and Louisa Steele, DTM

We are so excited about the upcoming Pathways to Excellence Spring Conference and hope the video inspires you to volunteer to add YOUR vision of the theme by joining our conference committee and adding to your leadership portfolio. Just contact us to volunteer, or, submit your workshop proposal so you can share YOUR Path with others.

Registration is open and the VIP Early Birds will enjoy preferred contest seating and VIP seating at buffet lunches.

We invite you all, to join us and explore, whether you walk, run, bicycle, paddle, dance, climb or glide your Pathways to Excellence!




Spring Conference 2018 - Education Committee

Share Your Pathway to Excellence at the 2018 Spring Conference

Carolyn Hoxie

We are looking for exciting, creative and inspiring workshops. Share your experiences, ideas, strategies and techniques in Leadership, Speaking Skills, Professional Development or Club Excellence.

Carolyn Hoxie, PDG, DTM




Silent Auction

Division Challenge NEW!!!!

Seeking donations for our upcoming Silent Auction At the District 86 Spring Conference in Mississauga

To help defer costs and have some fun I’ve put out a challenge to all Toastmasters in the District to form Division teams fill their baskets, boxes, or
containers with items and creativity to be auctioned off at the District Conference Division Challenge.

For some great ideas and details on how the silent auction works visit our BLOG page!

Download the link to the flyer with ideas for your Division gift basket or personal and corporate Silent Auction items 

Eva Britton
Silent Auction Chair
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Spring Conference 2018 - Workshop Presenters

Jonathan Siegel

Speaking Skills
Jonathan Siegel DTM – Find the Funny!

Wouldn’t it be great to know how to uncover humour in any of your speeches? In this workshop you will learn the ten basic principles and four `attitudes’ for building your bit of comedy. Come to laugh and learn! You will pinpoint your premise and discover how to mine the underlying magic for finding the funny.
Friday, April 27/18

Mallika Sothinathan

Professional Development
Mallika Sothinathan DTM – Communicating Through Video

Video is a powerful medium of communication. It is the most effective way to communicate in today’s very visual world. Technology has made this easy and simple. A cell phone, a tripod and a lapel microphone can do wonders for a video presentation. This is also an effective tool to evaluate one’s own speech. With the International Speech Contest requiring video submissions at the Regional level, now is a great time to learn how to video tape your presentations like a pro.
Friday, April 27/18

Dennis Bartel2

Club Excellence
Dennis Bartel DTM – Meaningful Meetings

Been to a meeting where the Chairperson stumbled through; where there was no order, respect for rules, time, or members? This interactive workshop will give you tools to make meetings meaningful through knowing and using Parliamentary Procedures and dispelling the myth that rules mean less fun, less productivity and less confusion.
Unfortunately, clubs tend to shy away from following and using Parliamentary Procedure. This can cause ineffective meetings, misuse of power by the President or Chairperson and lack of respect to the member. Dennis will explore the responsibilities of the Chairperson/Presiding Officer and of the member. The members have an obligation to help and direct the Chairperson throughout the meeting. This workshop is about how to do this with respect, order and fun.
Friday, April 27/18

Shawn Salkokannel

Leadership Workshops
Shawn Salokannel DTM – Eating the Elephant

Can you eat an Elephant? Have you wanted to take on a leadership challenge that seems too big to sink your teeth into? Don’t let that stop you. Shawn recently took on the challenge of Conference Chair, a role that petrified him but through which he grew in ways he had not anticipated. Shawn is here to share his personal leadership journey with the conference (and work) and to inspire you to overcome your own fear and face your own elephant!
Friday, April 27/18

Gina Kennedy

Speaking Skills
Gina Kennedy DTM – Lost in Translation

“Communication gone wrong – what was the message?”
The world is wired for miscommunication and it’s especially problematic when we cross cultures or use shorthand social media and e-mail to communicate. But this is not a new problem. Every time we meet someone and every time we talk or write, we must ensure we communicate positive intent to build trust and understanding. Through sharing anecdotes from the trenches, the group will discuss communication challenges and how to overcome them. Participants will get into the shoes and the mindset of the person opposite them.
Saturday, April 28/18

Zlata and Mike Proudlock4

Professional Development
Zlata CC and Mike Proudlock DTM – From Speaker to Author

Want your message to reach thousands? – write a book. Self-Publishing your work can be very intimidating, but the rewards in the end are worth it. Give yourself he best chance at succeeding by attending this workshop. Here you will not only learn 'one way' to self-publish a book but, also, how to set attainable goals, the process of working with an online publisher, marketing your book, use of social media and more... By publishing your own book, you can empower hundreds, even thousands of readers with your inspirational message; achieve your goal of becoming an author; and publish on your own terms and on your own schedule. Who said you can't have it all?
Saturday, April 28/18

Carol Todd Skuce

Club Excellence
Carol Todd-Skuce DTM – Excellence is a Choice

Do you look forward to Toastmasters every week? Do you feel pumped after a meeting? A Toastmasters meeting should have friendship, laughter, ideas, helpful suggestions and a sense and purpose. Let’s share ideas to improve our clubs, our collective experiences and, with fresh eyes, explore what works.
Saturday, April 28/18

John Wang

Leadership Workshops
John Wang DTM – Mentor So You Both Win

So, you are now a mentor. So what do you do next? Mentoring can provide a lifetime of rewarding experiences. Through a series of anecdotal stories, John will share both his successes and failures as a mentor. The stories will provide lessons on both what to do as well as, what not to do as a mentor. This interactive workshop will provide you with tips and secrets to build a relationship that is fruitful to your mentee and satisfying to you.
Saturday, April 28/18

John Macdonald

Speaking Skills
John MacDonald DTM, PDG – Authenticity

Authentic communicators are in high demand today. Their ability to project open-mindedness, understanding and confidence helps them create worthwhile ideas by being true to their principles and involving others. They are powerful listeners. Authentic communicators understand themselves and know that you have to be believed to be heard. Discover the joy in uncovering your own authentic voice and the difference it will make in both your Toastmasters and professional path. Speaking authentically is a trait of excellence.
Saturday, April 28/18

Penny Tremblay2

Professional Development
Penny Tremblay ACG, CL – Give and Be Rich in Workplace Relationships - Tapping the Human Side of Business

Workplace and business culture rooted in human connection is more challenged than ever in this digital era. With millennials tipping the workplace population scale, relationship strategies to build productive, peaceful and profitable teams that are engaged with their corporate purpose are critical.
Penny’s message is backed by her best-selling book, Give and Be Rich, which invites us to look deeper into our own authentic inventory, and find more within to give. Suitable for all who work with people, this inspiring workshop helps the audience reach new potential, realizing that relationships are the most valuable asset for business. When we leverage the power of connection and relationships, we earn loyalty from our members, clients and work teams.
Saturday, April 28/18

Diane Gordon

Club Excellence
Diane Gordon DTM – The Pathway to Excellence

This workshop will motivate and empower you in your life’s path to be your personal and professional best in all your opportunities inside and outside of Toastmasters. Through role-play, “incorrect way - better way - best way”, experience the difference as we all learn by doing. Be inspired to take your Club meetings, using professional practices, from ordinary to extraordinary in the pursuit of club, personal and professional excellence. Through the interactive workshop Diane will use practical examples and breakout sessions to reinforce a path to excellence in club meetings, careers and personal development. In the words of Diane, “Excellence is not an option; it is a way of life – a path. Elevate with Excellence.”
Saturday, April 28/18

Bob Moore2

Leadership Workshops
Bob Moore DTM – Getting to Yes

Bob Moore credits his success in Leadership to understanding the role of influence. His early International business experience taught him the value of influence in developing cohesive teams. Today he will share the critical lessons learned in leadership that serve him today as Country Manager with Axis Communications.
The workshop will feature highlights of wisdom gained from an international business career. Complete with discoveries and lessons as Bob developed his teams goals and strategies, he will interject how these same approaches can work for you.
Saturday, April 28/18

Spring Conference 2018 - Agenda Full

Spring Conference 2018 Agenda Overview  Option 1: Friday/ Saturday Events  Option 2: Saturday/Sunday Events


Friday | April 27

Information & Help

located in the Main Hall
Registration: (2:00 pm - 6:45 pm | 9:00 pm - 9:30pm)
Credentials: (2:00 pm - 6:45 pm | 9:00 pm - 9:30pm)
Candidates Row: (3:00 pm - 6:30 pm)
Pathways: (3:00 pm - 6:30 pm)
Hospitality: (2:00 pm - 7:00 pm | including ALL Comfort/Network breaks)
Authors Corner: (3:00 pm - 6:30 pm)
Silent Auction: (4:00 pm - 9:30 pm) Graydon Hall
Opt Time Event / Location
    3:30pm Network Break (Main Hall)

Workshops Series #1 (Hazel McCallionA/B/C/D)

    5:45pm Comfort Break ** Wine reception (Main Hall)
      Contestants and Judges Briefing
    6:00pm First Timers and all Distinguished Toastmasters Meet & Greet (Britannia)

Comfort Break (Main Hall)

6:40pm Line up for Banner Parade and Photos (Main Hall)
7:00pm Opening Ceremonies (Garydon Hall)
Parade of Banners (Main Hall)
7:30pm DTM Recognition Dinner - Everyone Invited!  (Graydon Hall)
DTM Medal presentations (Graydon Hall)
Comfort Break (Main Hall)
9:30pm Evaluation Contest (Graydon Hall)

Saturday | April 28

Information & Help

located in the Main Hall
Registration: (7:00 am - 7:50 am  | 1:00 am - 2:45 pm)
Credentials: (7:00 am - 7:50 am | 1:00 pm - 2:45 pm)
Candidates Row: (8:00 am - 4:00 pm) 
Pathways: (8:00 am - 4:00 pm)
Hospitality: (7:00 am - 7:00 pm | During ALL Comfort/Network breaks)
Authors Corner: (8:00 am - 6:00 pm)
Silent Auction: (7:00 am - 4:00 pm | 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm) (Graydon Hall)
Opt Time Event / Location
    TBD International Contestants' Briefing (Graydon Hall)
    7:00am - 8:00am Breakfast Buffet
    8:00am-8:45am Networking and Early Bird VIP photo

Workshops #2 (Hazel McCallionA/B/C/D)

    9:30am Comfort Break

Workshops #3 (Hazel McCallionA/B/C/D)

    10:30am Network Break- Coffee/Tea Served 
    10:50am Communication & Leadership (C&L) Luncheon with MMAD Awards(Graydon Hall)
    11:30am Seizing Opportunities Keynote - Jim Kockoci DTM,PIP (Graydon Hall)
  1:30pm Workshop | Developing Your Leadership Skills in Toastmasters  - Jim Kockoci DTM,PIP (Graydon Hall)
    2:15pm Silent Auction pickup of table 1 (Graydon Hall)
    2:15pm Comfort Break 
    2:45pm Credentials Desk Closes (Main Hall)
    3:00pm  District 86 Council Business Meeting (Hazel McCallion A/B/C/D)
    6:00pm Comfort Break /Wine Reception (Main Hall)
    7:00pm Director's Banquet & Ball | Installation of Officers (Graydon Hall)
    9:00pm Dance with DJ (formal affair) (Graydon Hall)

Sunday | April 29

Information & Help

located in the Main Hall
Registration: (7:00 am - 11:45 am )
Hospitality: (7:00 am - 11:45 am) | Pathways (8:00 am - 2:45 pm)
Silent Auction (7:00 am - 12:35 pm) Graydon Hall (12:35 pm) Pick-up
Authors Corner (8:00 am - 2:45 pm) (Main Hall)
Opt Time Event / Location
    7:00am - 8:45am

Breakfast Buffet (Graydon Hall)

7:45am - 8:30am

District Keynote - Alexandre Matte DTM (Graydon Hall)

8:30am Network Break - Coffee/Tea Served 

International Speech Contest (Graydon Hall)

    11:20am Comfort Break
    11:30am Champions Luncheon & Awards (Graydon Hall)

Keynote - Jim Kockoci  DTM,PIP  Pathways to Excellence (Graydon Hall) | 2:15pm Adjourn

Spring Conference 2018 - Keynote Speaker

Jim KokockiJim Kokocki

Jim Kokocki, DTM, is an entrepreneur and business consultant residing in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. As a volunteer he serves as President and Board Chair of L’Arche Saint John, which is part of a worldwide organization which creates homes, work, and day programs together with people who have intellectual disabilities.

Jim has served with other volunteer organizations including as co-chair for the Saint John Board of Trade’s Business Education Committee. He has delivered presentations for groups on leadership, protecting self-esteem, managing conflict, business modelling, and public relations and marketing approaches.

A Toastmaster since 1987, Jim's home club is Saint John Toastmasters in Saint John. He served as International President for the year 2015-2016. He continues in Toastmasters for many reasons including his enjoyment of continued learning and development, the opportunity to see others develop, and his strong belief that communication and leadership skills require learning, but more importantly practice, and more practice.

Kokocki previously worked for 30 years at telecommunications provider Bell Aliant and its related companies. He has earned Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of New Brunswick, Saint John. In his spare time Jim enjoys reading, travelling, cycling and skiing.


Spring Conference 2018 - Accomodations


Hilton Meadowvale Mississauga

Venue: Hilton Meadowvale Mississauga
6750 Mississauga Road, Mississauga ON. L5N 2L3
  Map and Directions | Hilton Meadowvale Mississauga

Special Toastmaster Conference Rates

District 86 has negotiated special discounts for rooms. When you call, mention that you are with the District 86 Toastmasters group to
get the following contracted rates:

  • Book your room early to avoid disappointment! For Pricing and Booking online click here.


Book Now! - 1-905-821-1981


Authors and Corners Guidelines

Dear Presenters and other Toastmaster Authors

Our District 86 Spring 2018 Conference, “Pathways to Excellence” will be here before we know it! If you are giving an educational presentation we are certain that everyone will enjoy and learn from your workshop.

We are also excited to offer you the opportunity to sell your books, CDs and DVDs at the conference.

Download the link to view the guidelines

Spring Conference 2018 - Sponsorship Opportunities

An excellent way to gain exposure for your organization and support Toastmasters

Would you like a chance to get your direct message to a group of influential Business, financial and Education leaders?
Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Our membership is 352,000 strong with members attending 16,400 clubs in 141 countries. Globally, Toastmasters network in clubs located in Business, Financial, and Educational organizations and in communities. It’s no wonder so many Fortune 500 companies have Toastmasters clubs!
Toastmasters has been active in Ontario for over 60 years. In particular, District 86 works with like-minded organizations to help build vibrant communities through better leadership. We hold one conference a year that highlights our communication and Leadership program. Consider sponsoring our conference events and help us empower individuals to become more effective Communicators and Leaders.
The Toastmasters Brand attracts talent. Members are above average income earners (26.7% make $100,000 or more) with above average education (75% have a Bachelor degree, 30% have a Masters degree). The average age is 45 years old. Our members serve their communities and workplaces by providing training, workshops, and keynotes. Countless business leaders have benefitted from Toastmasters program since its inception in 1924.

Together we can build strong leaders who engage communities

Bronze - $100

  • Program listing
  • Recognition Flyer at Breakfast Table
  • 1 copy of Program
  • Thank you letter

Silver - $250

  • 1/8 page ad in Program
  • Promo flyer for Conference delegate
  • 1 copy of Program
  • Thank you letter

Gold - $500

  • 1/4 page ad in Program
  • Promo flyer for Conference delegate
  • 1 copy of Program
  • Thank you letter

Workshop Sponsor(12 available)-$750.00

  • Program listing as Workshop Sponsor
  • Recognition during Workshop
  • Banner placement in Workshop
  • Promo flyer for Conference delegate
  • 1 copy of Program
  • Thank you Certificate

Breakfast Sponsor(2 available)-$1,000.00

  • Program listing as Breakfast Sponsor
  • 1/2 page ad in Program
  • Recognition during meal (Mention + On Screen)
  • Banner placement near podium during meal
  • Photos of your banner placement during meal
  • Promo flyer for Conference delegate
  • Your logo on Sponsor Recognition signage
  • Photos of your banner placement during meal
  • 2 Copies of Program
  • Framed Thank you Certificate Silver - $250
  • 1/8 page ad in Program
  • Promo flyer for Conference delegate
  • 1 copy of Program
  • Thank you letter 



Lunch Sponsor(2 available)-$1,500.00

  • Program listing as Lunch Sponsor
  • 3/4 page ad in Program
  • Recognition during meal (Mention + On Screen)
  • Banner placement near podium during meal
  • Photos of your banner placement during meal
  • Promo flyer for Conference delegate
  • Your logo on Sponsor Recognition signage
  • Photos of your banner placement during meal
  • 2 Copies of Program
  • Framed Thank you Certificate Gold - $500
  • 1/4 page ad in Program
  • Promo flyer for Conference delegate
  • 1 copy of Program
  • Thank you letter 

Dinner Sponsor(2 available)-$2,500.00

  • Program listing as Dinner Sponsor
  • Two tickets to the event
  • Full page ad in Program
  • Recognition during meal (Mention + On Screen)
  • Banner placement near podium during meal
  • Photos of your banner placement during meal
  • Promo flyer for Conference delegate
  • Your logo on Sponsor Recognition signage
  • Photos of your banner placement during meal
  • 2 Copies of Program
  • Framed Thank you Certificate



If you would like to sponsor the conference please contact Carl Naus at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To print out the sponsorship flyer download the pdf here.